Born in Center Square, near Philadelphia, PA, her life has taken her on a wondrous journey through years as a military wife and vistas that have widened with her travels and vision.
At age 20, she contracted Guillain-Barre Syndrome that left her paralyzed for months. While in the emergency room Shirley had a near-death experience that changed her life. She became a Reiki Master-Teacher years later.
For 32 years Shirley followed her husband around the world as they moved from duty station to duty station. During her time in Israel, she was the director of the American Embassy Women's Group Preschool in Kfar Shmaryahu.
Beyond military retirement, life has led her to Okinawa, Japan and Australia where she was president of the British Charity, the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation. She also lived among the aborigine, the Pitanjara and the opal miners of the Outback, South Australia.
Between 2000-2010, she made trips to East Timor (Timor Leste) as a volunteer working with an American doctor at the Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili. She worked closely with lepers, those suffering from tropical diseases, malaraia, AIDS and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
She does extensive traveling these days while enjoying the magic on each new path she discovers.
Her third and fourth books, "The Meadow's Path" and "The Cave's Path," were written while she stayed on her brother's farm in Springville, Indiana. She is honored to have them in the first envelope within the time capsule at the Lawrence County Museum of History in Bedford, Indiana to be opened in 2068. It will be over 100 years that children's books would have been in a time capsule there. She hopes children of all ages will still be reading books and have their imaginations enjoy the magic within her books.
This is her fifth book.